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Published June 08 2012

Ada-Borup’s Blasey clears 53-foot mark to claim Minneosta Class 1A shot put state title

ST. PAUL – Someone really should have considered hosting the shot put finals in another locale like Detroit Lakes or Hawley.

That way the top three finishers wouldn’t have had to stray far from home.

Ada-Borup senior Brian Blasey picked up his second state title taking first in the shot put by throwing 53 feet, 11 ½ inches and underlining the area’s dominance in the Class 1A portion of the Minnesota state track meet on Friday at Hamline University.

“I knew (Wadena-Deer Creek’s Logan Meyer and Ottertail Central’s Stefan Stroh) were capable of throwing 54 (feet) and I was a little scared,” Blasey said. “Once I saw Stefan’s last throw, I started smiling and it was a good feeling after that.”

Stroh, a junior, took second while Meyer, a senior, took third place.

This season witnessed the trio practically stroll into every meet as favorites to win.

It was even like that at the state meet.

Stroh came in as the fourth seed, Meyer as the second and Blasey as the first.

“We were talking and doing what we’d do like it was just another meet,” Stroh said. “Then when Brian got up, me and Logan just looked at each other and said ‘Here’s the 54-foot throw.’ ”

They were close with Blasey falling just short of 54 feet on the throw which gave him the title.

Even with how he won state, Blasey managed to set himself apart.

Most of the field put up throws with quite a bit of arc yet they stopped either at or just short of the 50-foot mark.

Blasey’s throws didn’t have much of an arc, but they did have distance as he surpassed the 50-foot mark on every throw in the finals.

“Mine is just more of a line drive,” said Blasey, a North Dakota State commit. “I worked on trying to get more arc. I didn’t have it (Friday), but it worked out pretty good.”

Winning the shot put was only half the battle for Blasey.

He still has a discus title to defend.

Blasey said he plans to get quite a bit of rest heading into today’s discus finals where he could walk away with a third state title.

“I guess just have fun today, and worry about the shot put today,” Blasey said. “Wake up tomorrow and look at it like the shot put never happened.”

Defending champ Ellingson of Moorhead finishes sixth

For Moorhead’s Glen Ellingson there was no exciting last-second victory.

Ellingson, a senior, finished sixth in the Class 2A portion the 3,200-meter run, a year after picking up what was arguably one of the state’s most thrilling victories at last season’s meet.

“I just felt like it wasn’t a good day to race,” said Ellingson, who finished in nine minutes and 25 seconds.

He opened the race staying with the pack as he did last year and held onto fourth place with three laps left. But halfway through the race is when it became clear his chances of winning were diminishing.

Wayzata’s Joshua Thorson, who took first, began pulling away from everyone and by the last lap held a led nearly the length of the straightaway.

Thorson won the race by a little more than 12 seconds. He finished in nine minutes and six seconds.

Ellingson, at that point, started falling behind from fourth to sixth place.

“Thorson just ran a great race and he won fair and square,” Ellingson said. “I think the rest of us were dying out there by the time it was over.”

Ellingson admitted it wasn’t like his performance last year.

He came into last season’s meet as an unknown throughout the state and used a strategy which allowed him to dart the final 300 meters to win by a one-hundredth of a second. Ellingson, who will run next season at Augustana, still has today’s 1,600-meter run before his time at Moorhead comes to a close.

“You have to look at (today) as it’s a brand new day,” Ellingson said. “You cannot look back at what happened. You have to look ahead.”

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